I was leaving home sunday morning, and heard 2 American Crows making a lot of noise in the back yard. They were harrassing a Barred Owl perched about 5 feet off the ground in the back corner of my yard. Soon 2 crows became 3, then 4 and the owl moved to another tree higher up and eventually moved along after the 5th crow arrived. Hopefully it found the spruce grove down the hill where it could hind from the crows.
There has been many reports of dead Barred Owls found on the road sides, in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, this winter. There has also been reports of this species from places like Cape Cod, were they are very very uncommon, so perhaps this species "irrupted" from the north adding to our normal resident population.
Barred Owl (digi-binned), was a first for me in my yard!
In Keene, NH, was a flock of over 200 Cedar Waxwings. I carefully looked through the flock for a Bohemian but could not find one. I digi-binned a few photos below. Cedar Waxwing about to swallow a crabapple.
"put the camera down, and nobody gets hurt!"